Nigeria continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement. Nigeria struggles with issues of corruption in private sectors, widespread poverty, unemployment, underemployment, prolonged Boko Haram insurgency, as well as the impact of HIV and AIDS.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
2021 has brought a second wave of COVID-19 spreading throughout the country. However, the start of spring has also brought hope as Nigeria received nearly 4 million COVID-19 vaccines in late March and have begun vaccinating the population.
World Renew is continuing to ensure vulnerable families have access to clean drinking water, emergency food rations, and trauma healing programming.
As conflict and displacement in the North persists, our local partners continue to provide cash to families each month to ensure that families can purchase food from local markets. On top of this, many are also receiving support to improve their own small-scale farming or small-business efforts. Our local partners have identified that women in northern Nigeria are increasingly vulnerable due to COVID-19, and are actively working to ensure the protection and involvement of women through these responses.
The situation in Nigeria is critical. Some estimates say humanitarian progress has been set back 25 years by this pandemic. Furthermore, violence continues to escalate unabated in the pandemic’s wake. Your gifts to Nigeria go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.